Josephine Butler to Mrs Lundie

Scope and Content

Typed copied extract from letter. 'Sleeping out on the sand for three weeks every night in the desert... recovering the bodies of the English who were killed, burying heaps of dead so corrupt that the strongest men were sock and vomited over the work... He got fever after having to march six times over the battlefield for six hours daily which was a mass of corpses. The poor dead were rotting in the sun, a wagon wheel would sometimes pass over one and throw his rider in the midst of a heap of grinning skulls and corpses half eaten by the vultures. The scenes and the stench were beyond description. It was too much for him. That night he was quite delirious and roamed about among the tents singing a sort of roll call of the dead' [see letter of 5 May [1885] from JB to Miss Priestman dealing with the same subject.

Administrative / Biographical History

26 Jun 1885. Mrs Lundie was the sister of Mrs HJ Wilson, letter from when her son Charles was soldiering in Egypt.This extract deals with the war in the Sudan mentioned in letter of 26 Feb 1885 JB to Miss Priestman. See Note there on 'the war' and letter of May 5 1885 which deals with Charles' army work under General Graham. Biog: General Graham.